This summer I have been working with Super A on the alphabet. Granted I realize that he is a little young to start writing his ABC’s, but not to young to start being able to recognize, working on the phonetics, and sing the song! Throughout the summer we would spend a few mornings a week working on our project. My goal was to create an alphabet book at the end. This is a fun project for any toddler and basically gives them their own personalized alphabet book at the end! So here is what I did.
What you need
8x 11′ Paper
Something to dot around the letters (I used Crayola’s toddler markers and stampers)
Patience! (A lot of patience)
Here’s what you do….
First write the upper and lowercase of each letter (give each letter it’s own piece of paper). Then we “dotted” our way around each letter (I helped him dot his way. I took his hand and we would dot with a crayola toddler marker or stamp…the one’s that look like round little animals). I made up a song to go with the dotting as this helped Super A get into the process. By the end of the summer he would sing “Dot, Dot, Dot your way…dot your way through K!” and so on and so forth. Then I would let Super A color the picture, put stickers of the particular letter on there and basically any other stickers or stamps he wanted to use. We would also write a few of his favorite words along with the letter. So here is our finished project (in collage form):
Then I took a picture of each page. I sent them all to Walgreen’s and they are making a photo book for me. That way I can keep his little handmade project and he can have his very own alphabet book, made by him!
Hints: Do not try to do this in one sitting. I would do one, maybe two each time we worked on it, and that was about all the attention Super A could provide to the project.
Keep it to crayons, stickers, and simple items. I tried to introduce pasta, glue, etc. in a few of the pictures and it was just a mess!
After we finished the project I found that another blog I read (Under the Sycamore Tree) had a DIY for alphabet books, so if you are looking for more ideas you can access it here!